109 cases will go before grand jury again in Thomas County

Posted at 5:15 PM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 17:13:29-04

THOMAS COUNTY, Ga. (WALB) - In the last 72 hours, 109 criminal cases have been re-presented to a new Thomas County grand jury.

This comes more than one month after it was discovered a former juror was not a county resident.

In April, county leaders learned the juror lived in Grady County, which meant all the cases that juror had heard had to be plead out or presented for indictment.

Those cases involve 25 older cases and 84 new ones.

District Attorney Brad Shealy says, once the juror was found to be unqualified, the cases lingered due to a profile case and until a new grand jury was selected.

"Based upon the normal case load we had, plus the carry over from that other grand jury, dealing with the matter of Mr. Gilbert, it took us two days to handle everything," said Shealy.

Shealy says given the circumstances, the presentments only took two days, when it normally takes a day one.

He adds that having a large amount of plea deals helped expedite the process.